Deb Brown, MHA, BSN, RN
Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Operating Officer, Dell Children’s Medical Center
Brown joined Ascension Seton in 2009 as Trauma Service Line Director for Dell Children’s Medical Center. She directed the opening of a new patient care tower and the expansion of pediatric specialty services to rural sites in central Texas. Brown received her BSN from The University of Texas at Austin. She served 17 years at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in various staff and leadership roles. While there, Brown led the development and implementation of the State of Texas’ first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center as accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Before returning to Austin, she developed the Trauma Service Line at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Brown gained accreditation for the hospital as the State of Arizona’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and initiated development of the Children’s Neurosciences Institute.
Margaret Butler, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR
Senior Director of Nursing, Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital
Butler began her nursing career with an intensive care internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working with patients in a surgical intensive care unit, it seemed natural to transition to surgery. Margaret worked in surgery for a number of years, earning her certification in 2001 and heading back to school to complete her BSN in 2005. She was recruited to manage maternity services in the community hospital where she was working. In 2007, Margaret moved to Austin, Texas and joined Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital as clinical manager of surgical services. She was promoted to director of surgical services in 2009, and has served as senior director of nursing for the site since 2011. Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital is one of only a small percentage of hospitals to achieve Magnet® designation for a third time.
Melanie Fox, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson
Fox joined Ascension Seton in 2008 when she was named senior director of nursing for Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson and helped to prepare and open Ascension Seton’s first brand-new facility with an electronic medical record in all departments. Fox came from Memorial Hermann in Houston where she was the chief nursing officer of a 240-bed facility, one of 12 acute care hospitals in the system. Fox spent 29 years at Memorial Hermann in various staff, education and leadership roles including intensive care unit, emergency department, dialysis, telemetry and five years as director of clinical applications in information systems.
Debra Hernandez, MHA, BSN, RN, FACHE, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin and University Medical Center Brackenridge
Hernandez joined Ascension Seton in 2013 following leadership positions with Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Columbus, Georgia where she was senior vice president of clinical operations and system chief nursing executive and with Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut where she served as senior vice president and chief nursing executive. She spent the majority of her career in North Carolina. Prior to leaving, she was the chief nursing and patient care services officer at Durham Regional Hospital, a community hospital within the Duke University Healthcare System. Hernandez has been active at both the state and national level with American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She served as president of the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, was a member of the Regent’s Advisory Council for ACHE and has remained active with AONE at the national level serving on both the strategic planning committee and the nominating committee.
Karen Litterer, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Senior Director of Nursing, Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Hospital
Litterer joined Ascension Seton Highland Lakes in 1991 to serve as director of nursing for hospital operations. Prior to joining Ascension Seton, Litterer was the Burnet County Public Health Nurse. Her varied background also includes supervising home health care services and direct staff roles in ICU and surgical services. Litterer currently serves on the Highland Lakes Health Partnership Board, Burnet ISD Student Health Advisory Council and the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Health and Technology Programs at Burnet ISD. She is an associate faculty member of Texas Tech University Health and Science Center School of Nursing.
Robbie Rabe, MSN, BSN, RN
Senior Director of Nursing, Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital
Robbie Rabe joined Ascension Seton in 2003 as circulating nurse in the operating room (OR). She also served as OR manager and director of nursing for surgery, endoscopy, emergency department, acute care and outpatient IV therapy. She obtained her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and her MSN from Walden University. Rabe is currently a doctoral candidate in the DNP program at Walden University. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Yvonne VanDyke, MSN, RN
Senior Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Education Center, Ascension Seton
Yvonne previously served as the executive dean of health sciences at Austin Community College where she was responsible for 15 health career programs. She also served as a professor of vocational nursing and department chair for many years at Austin Community College.